Glasgow Irish FC v Carluke Victoria

Glasgow Irish FC v Carluke VictoriaSunday 22nd October 2017

Premier 3

The Irish were at home on league duty this weekend against Carluke Victoria who were something of an unknown quantity given the fact the two sides had yet to face each other previously. A string of poor performances from GIFC meant they approached the game low in confidence. The cloud hanging over the team was further darkened by injuries to Kev Mcenaney, Stiles Owens, Nathaniel Kelly, Daniel Singh, David Griffin and Kieran Nicol in the lead up to this fixture. 

With keeper David Griffin unable to play the Irish drafted in Kevin Gallagher to take over in goal. This proving to be one of the many highlights of Sunday’s game. 

The match started with Carluke pinning GIFC back in the early stages. Any progress the Black and Green made was short lived as possession was conceded far too cheaply in attacking areas. 

Midway through the first half the Irish were denied a stonewall penalty when Mark Paterson’s cross was handled by a Carluke defender in full view of the referee. This decision set the tone for what was to be one of the worst refereeing performances you could hope to find. 

A succession of corners and free kicks were fired into the GIFC box only for Kevin Gallagher to command his area very well. The penalty claim aside, GIFC offered very little going forward. 

HT-0-0. 

After the restart the game continued in the same manner with Gallagher having to tip over a drive from a Victoria midfielder which looked goal bound all the way. This seemed to spur GIFC on with Paterson and Jack starting to liven up in midfield. 

Kevin Maguire was introduced on 60 minutes and started causing the Carluke defence no end of problems. 

Carluke were then denied a certain penalty when Reeko McCabe hauled down the number 10 for Victoria only for the referee to deny the claim. A truly laughable decision from the official. There was more comedy to come. 

GIFC then started pushing forward and from a Paterson cutback Connor Jack was taken out inside the box just as he was about to pull the trigger. A clear penalty in no uncertain terms. Not in the referees eyes as he waved play on to the bemusement of anyone watching the game. 

Captain Jay Armstrong then hit from distance after seeing the Carluke keeper off his line only for the stopper to recover well and tip round the post. 

Reeko McCabe almost scored for the Irish when he seen his header from a Mulgrew corner desperately cleared off the line by a Carluke defender. 

In the final minute Connor Jack headed home only for  the referee to judge him offside. 

The draw more than likely a fair result in what was a very hard fought game. Both sides being physical but fair. 

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Positives for the Irish were the sense of fight and the showing of a unity that’s been missing recently. 

Man of the Match for GIFC debutant Kevin Gallagher. 

McCabe, Mulheron, Gordon and Jack also standing out for the Irish. 

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GIFC v Lanarkshire Forrest

Glasgow Irish FC v Lanarkshire ForrestSunday 1/10/17

Scotstoun Stadium Rear

Scottish Cup Round 2
GIFC were at home yesterday in the clubs first ever Scottish Cup fixture against a much fancied Forrest side who had breezed past each team they had faced on league and Cup duty with ease. Things didn’t look great for the Irish when Assistant Manager Barry Campbell had to rejig the starting 11 with two GIFC players caught in horrendous traffic before the game. 

The Irish started poorly and fell behind early when an opposition midfielder cracked one home from long range. 0-1. 

Lanarkshire then added two similar goals before half time as the Irish failed to offer any resistance all over the park.0-3. 

HT0-3

Latecomers Armstrong and Mulgrew arrived on 60 mins to provide some fresh legs for the Irish only to see Forrest go 4 up when their attacker curled home a great free kick to surely put GIFC to bed.0-4. 

GIFC could have accepted defeat all too easily but the introduction of Kevin Maguire was to prove an inspirational element to the end result. His impact was immediate as the young striker began holding up the ball and finally allowing the Irish to play around the opposition box. 

The home side pulled one back when Mulgrews long throw was controlled by Maguire and he spun his defender to flight the ball over the Forrest keeper from the edge of the box. 1-4. 

Goal number 2 arrived when Connor Jack, who had worked tirelessly throughout, went on a trademark mazy run before crashing the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. A truly outstanding goal from Jack. 2-4. 

The Irish came close time on time again as some dangerous Mulgrew deliveries found targets inside the Forrest box. Armstrong and Dolan added some physicality to the GIFC midfield with Belton a standout in defence for the Green and Black. 

The Irish scored their 3rd goal in ten minutes when the ball broke to Mulgrew on the 18 yard line and he sent a right footed drive low towards the goal. The Lanarkshire keeper could only parry the ball to the feet of Maguire and he wasted no time in firing the ball high into the net. 3-4. 

Lanarkshire were on the ropes now and with 60 seconds remaining GIFC drew level. 

Connor Jack flighted the ball into the box, the Forrest keeper looked to have no worries in dealing with the cross until the ball squirmed from his grasp. Ryan Mulheron was onto the error in a flash and sent a diving header into the net to save the day for Glasgow Irish.4-4. 

The game would go straight to penalties and seen the Irish win 4-3 with Mulgrew, Armstrong, Jack and Paterson converting for GIFC. Keeper David Griffin saving the fourth to cement the victory for the Irish. 

Man of the match- Sean Belton. Kevin Maguire a close second. 

4 goals in the final 16 minutes showing everything about the mentality the Irish have developed. 
All at GIFC would like to dedicate this victory to the memory of a friend of the club, Joseph “Leo” Tucker, who passed away suddenly last week. Erin Go Bragh, Leo. 

GIFC v Cranhill United

Glasgow Irish FC v Cranhill UnitedPremier Qualifying Section

Scotstoun Stadium Rear, Sunday 6th August 2017

The Irish were at home in the opening competitive fixture of the season today against a strong Cranhill side. The young GIFC side were to learn plenty in the ways of hard luck by the end of the 90 mins. 

The opening 10-15 mins seen the Irish hold Cranhill in their own half without finding a cutting edge in front of goal. Mcenaney and Singh were lively for GIFC and Paterson was unlucky not to get on the end of some clever through balls from midfield. 

The cruel fate the Irish have encountered of late struck again on 20 mins when a Cranhill midfielder was left unmarked to head the ball in off the upright from a corner. 0-1. 

The Irish pressed from centre but were sucker punched when the Cranhill forward broke free to lob keeper Barr from just outside the box despite there being more than a hint of offside. 0-2. 

HT 0-2. 

Kelly replaced Deveney and Bletsas came on for the injured Sean Belton who again had been impressive at full back. Paterson looked lively when moved to right midfield causing the Cranhill defence to remain sharp. 

Some nice flowing football went through the midfield with no end product for GIFC. 

Both teams were reduced to 10 men with skipper Mulheron sent off for very little. 

Cranhill went further ahead when another corner was poorly marked and the free man slotted home. 0-3. 

GIFC can learn plenty from today’s game and take heart from never letting the heads go down. 

Cranhill deserved winners on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Matthew Kelly. 

GIFC- Kelly, Belton, Mulheron, McCabe, Cairns, Deveney, Singh, Mcenaney, Jack, Dolan, Paterson. 

Subs- Haughey, Maguire, Kelly, Bletsas. 

GIFC v Strathclyde West

Glasgow Irish FC v Strathclyde WestSunday 30th July 2017. Scotstoun Stadium Rear. 
GIFC were at home in their last pre season fixture of the summer following a run of 6-1, 6-1 and 9-1 defeats in the previous friendly fixtures. Confidence was understandably low going into yesterday’s match. The lack of a regular starting 11 and most importantly a regular goalkeeper has had a massively negative impact on the Irish. 

Stuart Cartwright was drafted in between the sticks and he was to have a superb game as GIFC secured the only positive result of a harsh pre season schedule. 

The game started at a fast pace with Deveney on the left for the Irish showing some strong running at his opposing full back. Steph Cairns behind him had a solid debut for the Irish too. Deveney himself had a goal chopped of for offside when the Irish midfielder was clearly on. 

Connor Jack missed a few chances where last season he would have certainly done better. Dan McDonald also came close as the Irish put pressure on their opponents. 

Chance after chance was wasted and the Strathclyde West keeper made some very impressive saves throughout the first half. 

HT 0-0. 

The Irish went behind almost immediately after the restart when Stuart Taylor was penalised for a handball inside the box. Cartwright had no chance as the West defender sent a penalty hard and low into the net. 0-1. 

To their credit the Irish responded well with Mcenaney pulling the strings in midfield. Kelly, Haughey, Dolan and Owens came on and tried to change the complex of the game with some success. The lively Danny Singh had two shots from the edge of the box blocked before the keeper saved from Connor Jack. The latter then missing a free header from all of 3 yards to compound some terrible luck in front of goal. 

Time was ticking away and with 8 mins remaining the Irish were to draw level. Connor Jack fired the ball across goal which former GIFC player Jack Gordon somehow managed to scoop over his keeper and into the net for a very unfortunate own goal. 1-1. 

Credit to West as they pushed forward after this and forced Cartwright into a string of decent stops. 

Irish were denied a stonewall penalty when Ryan Owens was tackled from behind inside the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. A truly astonishing decision from the official. 

The draw flattered Strathclyde West if chances were the marker for success. They did cause GIFC plenty of problems however. 

Our league group campaign begins next Sunday at home to Cranhill. 

The Irish can only continue to work hard and try to fight our way out of this slump. The management has every faith in the players to recover in good time for the start of our league campaign. Drawn against the Premier League champions Overlee Partisans, league winners Cranhill and Castlemilk United the Irish couldn’t have asked for a tougher group. Some hard times ahead for the team but we must remain resolute. 

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GIFC-Cartwright, Belton, Mulheron (c), Taylor, Cairns, MacDonald, Mcenaney, Stiles Owens, Deveney, Jack, Singh. 

Subs- Dolan, R.Owens, Kelly, Haughey. 

GIFC-The First Season Thanks

GIFC- The First Season 🇮🇪
From the Board, Management and Players we would like to offer thanks to the following people and for the contribution made to our first full season in existence. In no particular order we thank the following people for taking part no matter how big or small your input has been. 

Jamie McBride at Autoscot UK, Maccasports, The Secret Dublin Donor, Andy Sherry, Kenny Paterson, Edinburgh Harps, Kelly’s Bar Glasgow, TOGA, Paul McAuley, Lewis Maitland, Tony Cassidy, Sean Belton, Aidan Rodgers, Martin Rice, Mick Denyer, Gary Joyce, Chris Ryan, Taylor Mcginnigle, Ross Marshall, Kevin McCaig, Danny Kelly, Damien Mckay, Josh Reilly, Harry Purves, Danny Singh, Mark Paterson, Stephen Cleary, Gerry Hughes, David Griffin, Stephen Cairns, Richard McCabe, Connor Jack, Stiles Owens, Ryan Owens, Ryan Mulheron, Michael Brock, Kevin Maguire, Tony Deveney, Nancy Lyons, Dan McManus, Stuart Taylor, Jay Armstrong, Steven Birt, Goals Shawlands, Cameron Mooney, John Biggins, Shaun Munro, Mark Cleary, Sean Francis Burns, Ross Daly, Jacko Gordon, Barry Campbell, Kieran Nicol, Matthew Burns, Matthew Barr, Robert Gallacher, Saint Vincent’s, Danielle Boyle, Nicole Drummond, The Lisbon Lion, The Ballbhoys Podcast, Dr. Paul Larkin, The Commercial Inn, Ultras Shop, Matt McGlone, The Irish Voice, Ryan Dolan, Brian Harkins, The Upton Clan, St Roch’s, Coach Exile, Cookstown Celtic FC, Stephen Higgins, Paul Stanton, John Michael Connelly, Bobby Brown, New York CSC, Mire CSC, our followers on all social media and for those fans who have braved our games. For all the donations, buyers of merchandise, Crowdfunding Donors, backers and supporters. 

If we’ve missed anyone sincere apologies. Let’s go again next season. 
Mon The Irish. 🇮🇪

Sporting Pumas v Glasgow Irish FC

Sporting Pumas v Glasgow Irish FCTuesday 25th April 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A
This was the final fixture of the Irish debut season with little more than pride to play for after a poor last quarter seen the young side slide down the table. Against a Pumas side going for the league we were always going to be up against it. 

GIFC started the match in promising fashion with Paterson, Owens and Mulheron especially sharp. The Pumas forwards only getting the odd half chance at goal. 

Both Gerrard Hughes and Stiles Owens came close with headers in a closely contested first half. 

HT 0-0. 

The Irish introduced Connor Jack, Michael Brock and Jack Gordon at the break with Stuart Taylor, Gerrard Hughes and Richard McCabe making way. The three who left the field having acquitted themselves well in the first half. 

GIFC fell behind when a nothing shot from the Pumas number two squirmed through goalkeeper David Griffins grasp and into the net for the cruelest of blows. Special mention to our keeper for even starting the game with a broken bone in his hand. 0-1. 

The Irish pushed up the park and could have equalised when Biggins had a header cleared off the line following a wicked Shaun Munro delivery. 

Sporting scored number two when some slack defending let midfielder Chesney curl home a tidy finish from inside the box. 0-2. 

Number 3 for Sporting arrived when a great save from Griffin fell all too kindly for an unmarked Pumas forward. 0-3. 

The Irish kept attacking and Mulheron had a clever effort cleared off the line in the dying moments. 

The players can feel very proud of their efforts in this game against a top side. The club would like to wish Sporting Pumas every success in their quest for the league as they have been by far the best passing side we have encountered. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Mark Paterson closely followed by Jay Armstrong. 

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 26th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A 

The Irish were away from home this week against Carluke Thistle at the John Cummings Stadium on league duty. With Carluke being one of the more impressive teams we have faced this season the Irish knew this would be a very tough game. 

GIFC started the game very well with debutant Ryan Mulhearn impressing immediately at the back with Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Dan McManus matching with some superb defending. 

David Griffin again showed his worth when a series of Carluke corners were dealt with well by the Irish Keeper. 

Shaun Munro gave the Irish the lead on 30 mins after being teed up inside the box by John Biggins. The young midfielder with goal number 10 of a superb first season in GIFC colours. Munro and Stiles Owens with some seriously hard work down the flanks on the day. 0-1. 

This only served to snap Carluke into life and the equaliser came soon after when some ropey defending was punished by a home midfielder. 1-1. 

HT 1-1. 

Carluke looked the better going forward on the day and exploited more poor defending from the Irish when they took the lead just after half time. 1-2. 

To be fair to the Irish the errors weren’t glaring ones, but were punished all the same. Goal number 3 for the home side though had more than a hint of offside as the Carluke forward raced clear to finish. 1-3. 

To their credit the Irish kept pushing with Stephen Cleary and Ryan Mulhearn going close with long range efforts. The game played out after this and what could have been a powder keg fixture passed without any great incident. 

Special mention must go to the Irish back 4 who managed to keep the prolific Carluke forward Telfer from adding to a massive goal haul this season. 

Some major positives can be taken from Sunday’s performance and the players can feel proud of the days efforts. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Ryan Mulhearn, closely followed by the superb Ross Marshall. 
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